The University of Rwanda Vice Chancellor is conducting visits to US universities and other education institutions. The main aim of his visit is to make collaboration with varsities especially in the field of academics and research. Amid the visit, Prof Cotton met with officials at Harvard University and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).
At Harvard, Professor Philip Cotton gave a lecture titled, “Being University: Not Settling for Anything but the Best”. In this lecture, he talked about efforts to integrate former 7 institutions and 30,000 students into one public university that aims at giving a better future for Rwandan Youth.
VC public address at Harvard University
“Universities exist to give opportunities to young people”, says Cotton.
After the Vice Chancellor’s presentation, Dr. Paul Farmer thanked him for his wonderful and inspiring talk after which he pledged continuous contribution to UR’s success.
Harvard School of Dental Medicine has been one of the key partner in developing the bachelor of dental surgery program in Rwanda with faculty participating in curriculum development and teaching.
Participants to the lecture
“Harvard has had this quiet yet monumental impact on the lives of young people who occupy this space,” says VC.
Apart from the visit at Harvard, the Vice Chancellor also had an opportunity to meet with Prof. Bogdan M.Vernescu of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). During this meeting, Prof. Bogdan promised more collaboration with the University of Rwanda. The two also shared ideas and decided to work further on ways to establish academic ties between UR and WPI in various ways. For instance, exchange of teaching staffs, Students, and Joint research in the field of engineering.
In conclusion, the Vice Chancellor’s visit to US was the successful one. There were promises of implementing strong collaboration between University of Rwanda and Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Vice Chancellor meeting with WPI officials
Story by Aluel Malaak (Intern in Communication Department)